John Adams: Hart optimistic about UT's sports progress

Athletics director Dave Hart introduces Donnie Tyndall as the new University of Tennessee head basketball coach during a press conference at Pratt Pavilion, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Tyndall was formerly the coach at Southern Mississippi. (Amy Smotherman Burgess/News Sentinel)

Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess

Athletics director Dave Hart introduces Donnie Tyndall as the new University of Tennessee head basketball coach during a press conference at Pratt Pavilion, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Tyndall was formerly the coach at Southern Mississippi. (Amy Smotherman Burgess/News Sentinel)

Athletic director Dave Hart expressed optimism about all of Tennessee’s sports at the SEC spring meetings in Destin, Fla., this week He included multiple votes of confidence for his coaches.

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MikeNPS writes:

Does anyone have any respect whatsoever for Dave Hart? Does anyone care what Dave Hart thinks?

TNlogfire writes:

Actually I think he's doing a good job considering the shape we were in. I have no idea who you think could do better.

Caspian writes:

Thanks, Dave Hart, for all your hard work in getting UT back on track and getting the budget under control. You've made some excellent coaching hires. Looking forward to another one in track & field.

underthehill writes:

One of the few things Dooley got right..you are what your card says you are..the overall UT athletic program is not where it should be ..look at the SEC standings..the strength of UT athletics is the fan support..not the product on the field..not the administration...

fannotsheep writes:

Dave Hart did not fire Fulmer, hire Kiffin, fire Pearl, hire Martin, fire Delmonico or hire Raleigh. Perhaps most important, Hart did not hire Dooley.

So if you have a problem with any of those decisions, take it up with Mike Hamilton. Or the Cleveland Browns, or who ever answers the phone of a certain local company currently more concerned about the FBI than the SEC.

I am not sure how good a job Hart is doing. But his hires (Jones, Tyndall and Serrano), plus recent soccer and golf success, compare very favorably to the track record of the guy hand-picked to replace Doug Dickey as AD.

From all accounts, Mike Hamilton was an excellent fundraiser who made some savvy business decisions while at UT. But he sure oversaw the destruction of the UT athletic department he was paid to run. Some would say he ran it into the ground.

WaitUntilNextYear writes:

Tennessee ended the 2013-2014 school year in 13th place out of 14 universities in the SEC.
Jones, Tyndall and Serrano may get there some day but they have not put a winning team on the field let alone a BCS/NCAA competitive challenger.
Bama Dave has been a major failure at this point running the UT athletic department.
Wait Until Next Year!

fannotsheep writes:

My guess is UT hired Dave Hart specifically because he had been at Alabama and at Florida State. Name two football programs more associated with winning in the past quarter-century. So why wouldn't you want someone who at least recognizes the qualities you need to replicate that type of success?

You don't get instant results in life, despite the crybabies out there who constantly demand it. That approach leads to ruin. Nothing destroys athletic programs as totally as making one regime change after another. Look at any successful professional franchise and you will find a degree of constancy, calmly building a winner from the bottom up and planning for the changes that will inevitably happen.

Look at the franchises that fail. You will see the desperation that comes from seeking instant success and giving up too soon, constantly trying to buy better players, trading next year's draft picks to get today's media darling -- and then watching him fail under the weight of unreasonable expectations.

The Atlanta Braves struggled horribly after Ted Turner bought the team, became a laughingstock as he tried one gimmick after another, piled all his chips into desperate attempts to find lightning in a bottle, only to realize he had been had by another team looking to unload yet another damaged arm or bloated ego.

Then the Braves hired Bobby Cox. He, along with a couple of smart executives, put in place the parts that led to 14 consecutive trips to the playoffs, and the philosophy of building from within is still producing great young players and some of the best young pitching talent in the game.

So yeah, sometimes it's better to wait until next year than it is to push the panic button trying to win it all this year.

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